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Storm, named ‘Ciara’ 

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  • February 11, 2020
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Storm, named ‘Ciara’ 

Part of: GS Prelims –Polity and GS-II- Constitution

In news:

  • The storm, named ‘Ciara’ ,referred to as ‘Sabine’
  • Hit in UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany.
  • The storm has two names because there isn’t yet a pan-European system in place for labelling weather systems.

From Prelims Point of view:

How cyclones are named?

  • The tradition started with hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, where tropical storms that reach sustained wind speeds of 39 miles per hour were given names. 
  • (Incidentally, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones are all the same, just different names for tropical storms in different parts of the world; 
  • Hurricane in the Atlantic, Typhoon in the Pacific and Cyclone in the Indian Ocean). If the storm’s wind speed reaches or crosses 74 mph, it is then classified into a hurricane/cyclone/typhoon.
  •  Tropical storms are given names and they retain the name if they develop into a cyclone/hurricane/typhoon.

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